On Monday morning, February 13, 2017, I took a digital pregnancy test and it came back with the word PREGNANT. I had taken a few tests over the past year and they had always come back negative. Seeing the word POSITIVE was a bit hard to believe.
I spent the whole morning at work in a daze, convinced this was just a fluke. I had read about false positives before. My test had to have been one those, right? So on my lunch break, I went off to CVS and purchased a control test that wasn't digital. I went into the bathroom, peed on a stick, and waited as I watched the plus sign show up. This time I laughed and sent my husband a text that we were definitely on our way to being parents. And then I called my doctor, scheduled a blood test for Wednesday, and got my results on Thursday. According to the level of hCG in my blood, I was around 4 weeks pregnant!! In four days time, my life had changed drastically and I had gone from scared to confused to kind of giddy.
So how did I find out so quickly? From what I have read, not everyone finds out they are pregnant as early as four weeks. In fact, my doctor said his wife didn't know until she was almost 5 months! For almost a year, I had tracked data in a free app called Ovia Fertility so I knew my period was barely overdue and my symptoms were slightly off. Thanks to this app, I knew exactly when my last period had started when the doctor asked me. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in tracking their cycles, regardless of whether you are trying to conceive or not.
What's the point of sharing all this with you? From the moment I saw the word POSITIVE on that first test, I was unsure what to do. I quickly snapped into high gear and moved things along at a rapid pace and I think it helped me feel a bit less panicked to have some structure. In just four days I took two at home tests, got blood taken to confirm, received a referral to and scheduled an appointment with an amazing OBGYN in Encino. If you get a Big Fat Positive on a test too, definitely schedule a blood test with your doctor as soon as possible. Getting everything confirmed and in order gave me a sense of control in a world full of chaos (yes, I just quoted Clueless). After all, isn't knowing half the battle?